Article 5581 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Jan Lenica
Country: West Germany
What it is: A painful way to learn the alphabet
A man’s life is invaded by a giant letter A which torments him.
Here’s a bizarre but amusing animated short in which a man’s daily life is threatened by an incomprehensible event; a giant letter A, seemingly indestructible and decidedly malicious appears in his room. As you might expect, this is absurdist and surreal, so it helps if you have a taste for this sort of thing. Amazingly, the short almost has a happy ending… that is, until you realize that A is just the first letter of the alphabet. I quite liked this one.
Thanks for your post! I was unaware of this short film, and just watched it. I appreciated its absurdist view point, and thought it was clever.